James Cameron Not Impressed By ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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Brandon Katz Contributor
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James Cameron is not one of the millions of fans who particularly enjoyed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The director recently opened up about J.J. Abrams’ vision of the iconic blockbuster franchise and he was far from complimentary.

“George Lucas is a friend of mind, and he and I were having a good conversation the other day about it,” Cameron said in a recent interview. “I don’t want to say too much about the film cause I also have a lot of respect for J.J. Abrams, and I want to see where they’re taking it next, to see what they’re doing with it.

“I have to say that I felt that George’s group of six films had more innovative visual imagination, and this film was more of a retrenchment to things you had seen before, and characters you had seen before, and it took a few baby steps forward with new characters.”

“For me the jury’s still out,” he continued. “I want to see where they go with it.”

Many fans would agree that “The Force Awakens” shared an abundance of similarities with the original “Star Wars” film. However, critics also praised the humor, diversity and blend of old and new in “The Force Awakens” and argued that it was able to stand on its own as a “Star Wars” movie.

Moviegoers wait before the first showing of the movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the entrance of a movie theatre in Tokyo

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Cameron, meanwhile, has not come out with a film since 2009’s box office record setter “Avatar.” He is currently working on several sequels for the film, with the first set to arrive in 2018.

You can see Cameron’s full comments below.